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Oklahoma Seismicity and Wastewater Injection

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ErnieIn a recent online National Geographic story, ESD geophysicist (and Senior Advisor) Ernie Majer is one of several scientists interviewed about the spike in the number of earthquakes in Oklahoma, and its potential connection to oil and  gas wastewater disposal. Majer notes that “injection wells rarely cause earthquakes,” and that “the oil and gas industry is as interested as scientists are to learn what conditions cause induced earthquakes and how to prevent them, with an eye toward avoiding increased regulation.”

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